Media Releases

Date: May 3, 2021

File: 21-9631

 

A motorcyclist avoided serious injury Saturday evening after colliding with a vehicle at the intersection of McKenzie Avenue at Saanich Road.

On May 1, 2021, at approximately 8:30 pm a motorcyclist was westbound on McKenzie Avenue when it struck a vehicle turning left at the intersection at Saanich Road. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and remarkably suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to the hospital for further treatment and observation.

Collision Analysts and our Traffic Safety Unit continue to investigate the cause of this collision.

“As May is the start of Motorcycle Awareness Month, this incident comes as a reminder to all motorists that many more motorcycles are now on our roads compared to previous months. Motorcyclists are reminded to take proactive measures to ensure they are seen on the road, avoid being in the blind spots of other drivers, and to watch their speed, especially at intersections. All other motorists are reminded that motorcycles are often closer than they appear, and it is sometimes difficult to judge the speed they are moving, so be prepared to yield.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: May 3, 2021

File: 21-9553

 

A driver sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision Friday evening.

On April 30, 2021 at approximately 7:00 pm emergency responders attended the 700 block of Greenlea Drive for two vehicles involved in what was believed to be a very serious collision. One of the vehicles had crashed off-road into a tree and the driver was trapped inside.

Saanich Fire was able to extract the trapped driver, who was rushed to the hospital by ambulance with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

The other driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.

An investigation by our Collision Analyst Team and Traffic Safety Unit continues to determine all the factors involved in the collision and if criminal or Motor Vehicle Act charges are warranted.

“Factors such as alcohol impairment, speed, and driver error are being looked at by officers investigating this serious collision.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: April 27, 2021

File: 21-5031

 

On March 6, 2021 the Saanich Police and Saanich Fire Department attended a fire to two residential homes in the 1700 block of Carnegie Crescent, which were adjacent to one another and occupied at the time. There were no physical injuries reported. The fire was significant, causing approximately $355,000 worth of total damages.

An ongoing investigation through our Major Crime Unit has determined that this fire was suspicious in nature and it is being treated as an arson. As a result, detectives are looking to speak to anyone that they haven’t already spoken to, unless new information has been obtained, that may have been a witness or have information that could assist in this investigation. This includes anyone that might have been driving in the area and would have dashcam footage. While the fire was reported at 7:00 pm, an hour prior to and after this time is what investigators are currently focusing on.

To speak to investigators please call the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or to submit an anonymous tip, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: May 2, 2021

File: 21-9695

 

 

On May 2, 2021, around 2:40 PM the Saanich Police received a report of a black bear sighting in the 1600 block of Little Road.

The black bear was seen on the trail that connects Watkiss Wayand Little Road. The bear did not do anything aggressive. The bear was not located by police. Conservation was advised of the sighting.

We are asking members of the public attending the area to be aware of the recent bear sighting.

 

Date: April 26, 2021

File: 21-8911

 

 

Several outboard motors and a zodiac have been stolen from a Scout hall at Gyro Park last week. This is the second break and enter and theft to this non-profit group, which is now left without any outboards or zodiacs to run their youth programs.

The incident is believed to have occurred sometime on either Monday April 19 or Tuesday April 20, where the unknown suspect(s) broke into the fenced compound at Gyro Park, owned and operated by the 12th Garry Oak Sea Scouts. Stolen were four small outboard motors (total value at $11,700) and an 11.5’ rigid hull inflatable zodiac (valued at $3,500).

 

Stolen Items:

1996    Honda  8HP (possibly white/red/black)

2003    Honda 15HP (silver)

2010    Suzuki 9.9HP (black)

2013    Suzuki  9.9HP (black)                                            

2009    11.5’ 350 RIB HYP (colour unknown)

 

In September 2020, two zodiacs were also stolen from the same location and our investigation into this has yet to yield any suspects.

“We are asking the public not only for information on the theft but also to be mindful when purchasing used items such as motors. Be wary of outboards that have been repainted, cosmetically altered, or have a tampered or missing serial number. When buying a used motor, the public can perform an online search through CPIC to determine if the item has been reported stolen.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or report anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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